This is one of those books that I'm just not sure where to start. It was amazing. A perspective changing book.
The language of the story is extraordinary. It is elegant and smooth but never gets in the way of what is happening in the story.
And the story is one that is a new look at an old topic. I love WWII book. Fiction, non-fiction, photography, art. You name it, I'm interested. But at the same time, since I've devoured so many books on the subject, I am rarely surprised by a WWII story plot. Kate Atkinson did it last year. Anthony Doerr surprised me this year.
The story is of two teenagers, a German boy with a grnous for all things radio and a French girl who is completely blind. The plot skips between the two in what I can only describe in the very cliche way of a dance. They dance sround each other in this mess of a war. And as the two of them experience very different sides and views, you are brought along with them.
One thing that is truly unique about this story is how much senses other that sight are focused on. Sound, touch, feeling, It's so much more that just creating a visual with your mind as you read. You create visions, sounds, smells, you are immersed in the story in a way that I have not seen before.
I highly recommend reading this book. It is hopeful. It is heartwrenching. It is worth every word.
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